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It seems none of our CBs are without interest (not surprising) I really like all four of them and hope we dont let any go.

Panathinaikos are interested in taking Chelsea star Alex to Greece, skysports.com understands.

The Greek giants are managed by former Blues assistant Henk Ten Cate - who knows the Brazilian stopper well from his time at Stamford Bridge.

Ten Cate is now keen to snap-up Alex during the January transfer window and Pana are believed to have made contact with Chelsea.

Alex has started just four league games this season and Pana are hoping the 26-year-old could be lured to Athens.

Pana signed Gilberto Silva from Arsenal in the summer and he is believed to have talked up the club to his international colleague.

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I can't understand why Scolari wont play Alex more. Ivanovic has been really good so far but in games where we have the lead Scolari could swap Bosingwa for Ivanovic on the right side to gain more physical presence to the backline with Alex as CD. Alex really hasn't done anything wrong in games he had played. Plus he is a huge threat in long range freekicks.

I can imagine how frustrated Alex must be as the Toad trusted him as well as JM but now his own countryman doesn't. I like the fact that you wouldn't get any favors as a countryman but I'm not sure Alex thinks that way.

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alex seems to have dropped down the pecking order with ivanovic getting the regular spot since alex got injured

with riccy due to come back in the next few weeks or so, alex will probably be 4th choice, its a waste i know, because he always does a good job for us, will he move or not, i dont think so

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Alex has been a reliable player for us when called upon - he has never let us down. Solid at the back and a threat going forward too.

Like Ivanovic he seems too good to be a 2nd choice but if it means selling one of the two to fund a strengthening of an area of the team we are lacking in (ie attack) i would be up for it and of the two to sell i would choose to sell Alex because it looks like Ivanovic seems to be a little more versatile.

If he was to leave he would leave with my thanks and utter best of wishes - its harsh because like i said Alex has been a solid player and has done nothing wrong but what can you do ? We need more options up front and we have Mancienne waiting in the wings as well.

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What's really weird is that we have 4 pretty awesome centre-backs. Would really hate to see any of them go. But part of me wants one to go for bring up Mancienne. Bit of a conundrum.

Its not really that weird. Five years ago we had JT-Gallas-Carvalho-Huth, and when Huthie played he was the mutts nuts

Overall, I think we would be mad to let go of Alex, unless we are selling him to a top European side for top dollar. Real Madrid have an injury crisis? Start a bidding war between them and the Italian clubs because a bulky Brazilian defender (not named Lucio) seems to be a 20 million pound premium in the world of football.

He strikes me as well suited to Italy. Great at FKs, a little slower, but an absolute battering ram

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Ok.............

Alex is our 3rd best centre back and much better than Ivanovic. Even contesting JT who hasn't been at his best this season.

Don't understand why people are saying we should get rid of him,\in my opinion, he is young very very good, keep hold of him with every available hand!!!!

Tell henk to f**k off, and keep our defense as it is!

So agree with TheWestWayWonder, we would be mad to let him go.

BJD, Mr Chelsea i disagree about him being 4th choice, but yes if he doesn't get enough chance he will look to move as he is THAT good ad could play in any team minus manu and maybe liverpool

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Alex is our 3rd best centre back and much better than Ivanovic. Even contesting JT who hasn't been at his best this season.

I disagree with that. On paper JT and Carvalho are the best centre-backs we have at our disposal. However on form, I judge Alex and Ivanovic as the best performers. Alex has been totally dominant in the air and has shown his hard-hitting power, Ivanovic on the other hand has always kept his calm and defended well when it matters.

So I'd say, we have good competition for the 3rd best CB and one of these may well become a regular starter if Carvalho isn't at his best after recovering from the injury (yes, I know he'll need some time). My money is on Ivanovic.

And if were to let one of these go, Alex would be my first choice because Ivanovic is a much more versatile player. However, I want neither of the two to leave Chelsea.

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Its not really that weird. Five years ago we had JT-Gallas-Carvalho-Huth, and when Huthie played he was the mutts nuts

Overall, I think we would be mad to let go of Alex, unless we are selling him to a top European side for top dollar. Real Madrid have an injury crisis? Start a bidding war between them and the Italian clubs because a bulky Brazilian defender (not named Lucio) seems to be a 20 million pound premium in the world of football.

He strikes me as well suited to Italy. Great at FKs, a little slower, but an absolute battering ram

Huth? The Dogs Ballacks? You must be joking! He was awful when he played! Just think of the penalty miss vs. Charlton in the CC.

Our 4 CB's are probably among the best in the world and I really don't want to lose any of them!

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Huth? The Dogs Ballacks? You must be joking! He was awful when he played! Just think of the penalty miss vs. Charlton in the CC.

Huth wasn't the best central defender out there, but to use a missed penalty kick as a reason why he was crap is missing the point a bit in my opinion. Was Maka crap because of his poor first try from the penaltyspot against Charlton? He scored from the rebound, mind you, but had that been in a penalty shootout, the shot from the rebound wouldn't have counted.

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Huth wasn't the best central defender out there, but to use a missed penalty kick as a reason why he was crap is missing the point a bit in my opinion. Was Maka crap because of his poor first try from the penaltyspot against Charlton? He scored from the rebound, mind you, but had that been in a penalty shootout, the shot from the rebound wouldn't have counted.

Ok, fair enough. How about the many penalties he's conceded? The own goals? The many times he's been sent off?

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Ok, fair enough. How about the many penalties he's conceded? The own goals? The many times he's been sent off?

Hey, I didn't disagree with you about Huth being a pretty poor player. It's just that your example in th earlier post of WHY you think he was poor was...uh...poor.

By the way...how many times DID he get sent off while he was with us? I'm not trying to pick a fight here or anything, it's just that I can remember only one occasion(against ManU). Just being curious, that's all. ;)

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